Currently i am using a .243 with 100gr soft tip boat tails. Now i'll use those for target. But i want to make some hunting rounds. Right now i only hunt white tails. Does anyone have any advice on weight and type of bullet? Thanks.
My father has used 100gr soft points for years and years with much success... Many times on some very good shots... This past fall he dropped a nice 4 point (body looked more like an average 8 point!) from a bit shy of 200 yards through some brush... I accidentally grabbed some 85gr softpoints but my 8 pointer dropped in his tracks... not a single step... no suffering... just done...
I have a friend who hunts Elk with the 100gr Hornady Custom rounds... and with great success... As long as you do your job, the .243 will do its job... As I said, 85gr soft points brought my 8 pointer down with a quickness...
I've had VG results with plain base,100 G softip spitzers.And just the std hunting variety.....never seen the need for the more $$ type of bullets up to Deer sized critters.Not saying they aren't worth it......just that the plain base makes for an easier "build" for bullet makers.
I'm generally more of a Sierra Gameking kinda guy....we've had VG wound channels with the Speers in this cal. enough that they're our "go-to" hunting 100g.
Sierra does get the nod for the 85 grainers......they are great bullets in a .243
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105 gr softpoints is what we use to use for deer hunting and had very good luck with them. for target shooting, try some boat tail fmj bullets or hollow points. 243 makes a very good target caliber as a person could shoot it all day long and not get beat up from the recoil. the 243 is a very versatile smaller caliber, that with lighter bullets makes a decent varmint caliber but with the heavier bullets will work well on smaller deer sized game.